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fransisco's twin peaks neighborhood comes crashing down overnight. what we're learning about this collapse and the prominent developer who owns this property. >> 15 homes burned, dozens evacuated, the battle underway to put out a big fire in monterey county. it is still burning out of control. >> and holding out hope, the critical test today for a bay area teenager who is declared brain dead after routine surgery. it's all ahead here on the ktvu channel 2 morning news. complete bay area news coverage starts right now. this is ktvu channel 2 morning news. good morning. we want to take you out to san fransisco this morning where you can see just an incredible scene. this is a house that was under construction. it has collapsed, and you can see the extent of the damage there. alex savidge is out there this morning getting some more information about what happened out there, the extent of the damage and who might own that
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house as well. it is tuesday, december 17th, i'm pam cook. >> good morning, i'm dave clark. let's talk about weather and traffic. steve, how's it look? >> looks like high clouds if you will, a lot of high clouds will be spilling over. still cold for some. their temperatures definitely have rebounded last couple of days. 36 to 52, cool to mild, partly cloudy, partly sunny today, very hazy, mild and again, warm. one more warm day, 30s, 40s to 50. 52 in san fransisco. half-moon badeway yesterday they were 60 at this time. now they're 45. the higher clouds definitely help as well. a little system here will get absorbed by that one. we'll start a cool down tomorrow. a lot of haze in there. we should clear out the air here in the next 48 hours. that system drops down. won't bring us any rain but it will give us cooler temps. today 60s to near 70. here's sal. good morning. we are looking at commute that
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is off to a decent start. let's go out and take a look, bay bridge toll plaza. traffic should be getting heavier later on. we'll be here to watch that. san mateo bridge, the same thing goes, a nice looking drive heading out to the peninsula. as we watch san jose and the santa clara valley, 101, 85, or 87, 280, 237 all those freeways look pretty good with a little bit of road work but it's not causing a major commute. 5:02 let's go back to the desk. developing news, firefighters in redwood city, they are still fighting hot spots from a smoky fire at a metal recycling plant. the second fire at this particular plant in just the past month. ktvu's janine de la vega is there right at the fire scene. so what's happening out there right now? >> reporter: we're here at sea port boulevard and 101 where firefighters are keeping us back about a mile from where the fire is burning, and that's
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for safety reasons. you can see, you know, there is a plume of smoke burning in the distance. even though it's burning we're being told by firefighters that this fire is contained. now firefighters were called here to the simms metal recycling facility on seaport boulevard after an explosion and a fire there just before 1 a.m. we're told by the fire marshal that it is a pile of metal appliances that is burning at this time. so far it's just a 1 alarm fire. there's about 40 firefighters right now working to extinguish the blaze. now they say it is a challenge because, again, it's a big pile of metal that needs to be broken apart. they are making good progress, but here's what the fire marshal had to tell us a short timing a. >> the pile measures approximately 75 feet by 100 feet, maybe 25 to 30 feet in height. it's -- right now it's a 1 alarm fire with additional overhead. the fire's contained through
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the pile. it has not spread and we're in the process of working with the simms personnel heavy excavators to break the pile apart and extinguish the fire. >> reporter: at this point no shelter in place has been issued, but redwood city fire has contacted the office of emergency services in san mateo to let them know the situation. they're also consulting with bay area air quality management because it is a spare the air day to see if they need to issue, again, a shelter in place. that's something that they're still assessing right now because it's still so early in this fire right now. as far as the cause, we don't know. the fire marshal was saying that he doesn't believe that the recycling facility is operational. he says it's not uncommon for these fires to happen at a recycling plant. this is actually the fourth one that's happened here at simms metal recycling plant since 2007, and again, he just went
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back into the fire perimeter there to get us some more information and to give us an update. reporting live from redwood city janine de la vega ktvu channel 2 news. san fransisco police are working to determine what caused aing with-- caused a building to suddenly collapse. alex savidge joins us with what we are learning about the building's owner and what happened. >> reporter: we know this home that collapsed last night is owned bay prominent developer here in san fransisco. he was in the middle of remodeling this place. we are here this morning on gray stone terrace in the twin peaks neighborhood. this street behind me still blocked off and you can see why. this is the two-story structure that came tumbling down the hillside last night. now the home's address actually is one street up from pier at 125 crown terrace. no one was inside when it suddenly collapsed last night around 10:30. firefighters responded to the scene and at least one neighboring home had to be
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evacuated but no one was hurt last night. according to property records this home was originally built back in 1941 and is owned by mel murphy, a published report says he's the former president of the san fransisco building inspection commission. the home was being remodeled and was set to go from two stories to four stories with contractors adding on about 4,000 square feet of space, and also according to reports, murphy originally applied to demolish the property but was denied by the city and went forward with this remodel. a building inspector was called out last night. so far no word on exactly what caused this collapse. i have reached out this morning to the department of building inspection here in san fransisco for a comment, and still at this point waiting to hear back. live this morning in fran, alex savidge ktvu channel 2 news. more details now about mel murphy. in march of this year, he was appointed to the port commission by mayor ed lee. critics opposed that
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appointment. according to the reports by the san fransisco chronicle and examiner, a project murphy was working on in the mission district was shut down because of allegations that he was operating without the proper permits. murphy was president of the building inspection commission when that project was shut down earlier this year. time now 5:06. a huge wildfire still burning in big sur, firefighters are trying to get the upper hand. this 500-acre fire is raging near pfeiffer state beach. here's some video we shot last night. so far 15 homes have been destroyed by the flames. at least 100 people have evacuated. there are no reports yet of injuries but containment is at 0%. the sheriff of monterey county says the reason bone dry weather there is a big factor in this rare december wildfire. >> it hasn't rained here at all. normally by this time of the year everything would be wet, but it hasn't been that way at all. so that's really the main reason. >> now the home of the fire
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chief of big sur says her own house is among those that burnt down. investigators are checking reports that an illegal campfire may have started the fire late sunday. >> this morning the family of a 13-year-old girl declared legally brain dead is holding out hope on the results of one final test. jahi mcmath was admitted last monday to have her tonsils removed. after the surgery she began bleeding heavily. by thursday she was on life support and declared brain dead. this morning a final test is being done to determine if there is any brain activity. after that, the family will decide about removing jahi from life support. happening today a congressional hearing looks into the september mass shooting at the washington d. c. navy yard. the focus of the hearing is security at federal facilities. in the case of the navy yard shooting, the gunman was a contractor who had a security clearance. on september 16th, he walked into the washington navy yard
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carrying a sawed off shotgun. he killed 12 people before he was shot and killed by police. we now have some results from the weekend gun buyback programs from oakland and san jose. in san jose, 445 weapons were turned in including several sawed off shotguns and 7 assault rifles. in oakland 146 firearms were taken off the street during the buyback. that includes 73 handguns, 69 rifles and shotguns and four assault weapons. your time now 5:09. the oakland a's may not have to move away to get a new ballpark. the oakland tribune reports a zoner lou wolf, the most likely place for a new ballpark would be the oakland coliseum where the team already plays. he reportedly says that after major league baseball rejected the team's proposal to build a new stadium in san jose. the business leaders have been pushing for a stadium on oakland ears waterfront but lou wolf reportedly called that idea impossible. in san fransisco it's not unusual to see coyotes in
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wooded areas like golden gate park but thousand they're popping up on city streets. according to the san fransisco chronicle, coyotes were recently seen near the embark taro and on dell graph hill below coy tower. they've apparently been coming out at night looking for food. they have been roaming more often because it has been such a dry year. >> wow. 5:09 is the time, a trade proposed by nsa leaker edward snowden, the help he's offering the government of brazil and what he wants in return. >> also police pepper spray a crowd of college students at a holiday charity event, the fight between two people that really escalated to include hundreds. >> good morning, right now we are looking at a commute that looks pretty good so far on interstate 880 approaching highway 92 in hayward, but this commute usually gets busy rather quickly. we'll tell you more about this and when it's likely to get slow. >> well, we had some record
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highs yesterday from all the way in southern california to santa cruz. will we see more of those today, can we find any rain and my goodness, it's hazy, lazy, crazy days of december. [ shouting ] [ splat ] come on. matter of fact. [ rustling ] shirt. shoes. shades. ah! wow! now that voice... my voice? [ auto-tuned ] what's wrong with my voice? yeah man, bee got swag! be happy! be healthy! that's gotta go too. ♪ hey! must be the honey! [ sparkle ] sweet.
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welcome back to the ktvu channel 2 morning news, 5:13 is the time, a man who has organized protests against the sheriff's department in sonoma county has been arrested. the protests were over the fatal shooting of 13-year-old
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andy lopez. ramon cairo shown there with a bull horn during a demonstration one week ago. prosecutors have charged him with using threats of violence and resisting officers. he faces up to seven years in prison due to earlier convictions on drug and burglary charges. cairo's supporters say these latest accusations are an attempt to silence critics of the lopez shooting. as rents and evictions soar, tenant harassment may be on the rise. the san fransisco examiner reports that housing advocates are seeing an increase in complaints of harassment as landlords try to force ten gnats out of rent controlled units. san fransisco's board of supervisors is scheduled to vote today on legislation that would allow tenants to bring complaints to a rent board for free. tenants currently only have the option of filing a lawsuit which many in san fransisco say they cannot afford to do. time now 5:14. volunteers in idaho are combing a wilderness area looking for signs of a missing plane belonging to a san jose pilot
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and his family. the official search for dale smith and four members of his family have ended but relatives say they're not giving up hope. they're paying for their own search. members of smith's church just returned from idaho after helping with that search effort. >> i know we would have lived with a tremendous amount of regret had we not gone out there and done our best in search for the plane. we did our best and we failed but i'm glad we tried anyway. >> smith was flying from oregon to montana two weeks ago when he radioed to say he was having engine trouble. the search effort is focusing on a mountainous area 150 miles northeast of boise idaho. police inning los angeles say a holiday charity event turned into a fight involving 1,000 people. it happened last night at the annual christmas jam and toy drive at the radisson hotel near lax. the party was hosted by the coo pa alpha sigh fraternity from cal state. the fight started as an
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isolated incident between two people and quickly grew when their friends began getting involved. that's when police were called in. >> walked into the party without paying and they give them a warning and told them to get out. they didn't, they started pepper spraying everybody and shut the whole party down. >> police say they had to pepper spray the crowd because no one was cooperating. they say no one was seriously hurt and no arrests were made. time now 5:15. oakland city council will consider a plan to reopen telegraph avenue in both directions to allow a pedestrian plaza to be expanded. supporters say this would alleviate a traffic backup in downtown oakland. it would also allow latham square to triple in size. critics say the pedestrian plaza should be free of cars to encourage more people to walk downtown. the one lane right now is open to traffic near telegraph and broadway. right now it's 5:16. let's check back in with sal for a look at the commute this morning. >> pamela. >> yes. >> dave. >> yes. >> good morning.
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>> good morning. >> there's nothing much going on. >> okay. >> that's good. >> we're here watching. things change rather quickly. you know how that goes. right now we're going to show you some live pictures, bay bridge, the traffic looks good. no major problems as you drive through as a matter of fact the traffic continues to look good as you get on to the bridge. it's about maybe a minute, maybe less than that before we get on to the bridge. also the morning drive is fine if you are driving on the commute across the san mateo bridge. westbound 92 looks good heading out to the high-rise. let's talk about 580 westbound, 580 westbound coming in through the livermore valley, not a bad commute here, but we already have some slow traffic and i'm just going to move the maps. i'm showing you highway 205 at 580. some slow traffic here, stop- and-go traffic coming up over the hill and heading out to the 580 area. there is some stop-and-go traffic. 5:17. let's go to steve.
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>> thank you sal. >> you're welcome steve. high clouds, cool to mild, high clouds, partly cloudy, hazy skies, high clouds, mild to warm. this will be the last warm day here. temperatures are going to start cooling down on wednesday and a big cooldown by thursday. can we find any rain, no. the 16 day outlook puts absolutely nothing on us through the end of the year. the christmas forecast looks sunny and warm to be honest with you. 70 today, that's 3 better than yesterday. oakland airport which tied a record high 66 yesterday, we'll bump you up one, 67. santa cruz tied a record 74 yesterday going back to 1923. and san jose up 1 from 67 to 68. you can see the higher clouds. this may shave off a couple degrees on these afternoon highs as they continue to filter in. 30s, 40s, to 51. a lot of upper 30s or 40s. a far cry, we're about 20 degrees warmer than a week ago. 19 up in tahoe and also in
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reno. 30 in ukiah. a lot of 30s, lake county, mendocino county, the low is here, high pressure there, it fills it with a little bit of an offshore breeze. it's also drying up tropical clouds. temperatures starting off 30s, 40s, 50s, hazy conditions, what's new. and then we'll see a keel pattern and a big drop in temps on thursday before we slowly rebound by the weekend. partly cloudy, usually i'll say partly sunny, a lot of high clouds today, hazy and mild. two good friends of mine, hazy and mild. highs 60s and 70s. morgan hill will be in there, over to santa cruz again but temperatures if you're to the east really it's in the low to mid-60s. if you're closer to the coast upper 60s to near 70. cooler, breezy on wednesday, thursday, colder and windy and sunny and breezy on friday and the warm weather returns for the weekend and it looks like for a while. >> thank you steve. today facebook is expected to announce it will start selling video ads. the ads will play automatically in users news feeds starting on thursday.
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they'll be viewed on mobile devices as well. it's not clear how long the ads will be or how much facebook will charge advertisers to run them. checking in on wall street, good day yesterday, dow jones up 129 points, nasdaq well into the 4,000 mark again, s&p 500 getting closer to that 1800 mark again and we'll keep an eye on the numbers. today federal reserve chairman will definitely be a spotlight for wall street. he will ben bernanke leads what is expected to be his last fed meeting. he's stepping down and vice chair janet yellen is expected to be confirmed by the senate and take over the job by friday. economists anxiously waiting for prober knack key's news conference today. it could indicate when the fed will slow its economic stimulus program. 75% of economists believe that will begin sometime after the first of the year. time now 5:20. who wants the money? >> me. >> me too.
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millions of dollars up for grabs but no one to claim it. how much money lottery players lose out on every year. >> a health boost or a waste of money. the new questions about the benefits of multivitamins. [son] all right,she has no idea. [man] no one told her,right? [son]hi! [mom screams]
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time now 5:23. in new jersey a $10,000 reward offered to find two carjackers. they killed a young lawyer right in front of his wife
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outside of a shopping mall. dustin freedland had just finished christmas shopping sunday night when two gunmen walked up to him in the parking lot. police say he had just opened the door for his wife when he was shot. >> as he got to the driver's side and started to get ready to enter the vehicle he was approached by two males and was shot before he entered his vehicle. >> two gunmen jumped in the car and sped off. that car was found yesterday morning behind an abandoned house not far from the shopping mall. freedland's wifes not hurt. police in petaluma trying to identify a man suspected of stealing a credit card, then trying to buy a thousand dollars worth of groceries. this photo is from surveillance cameras at a pete lieu ma safeway. on december 7th they got a call from a man saying someone was trying to use his stolen credit card. police say the card had been stolen from a car at adoe bee creek golf course.
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the suspect is white about 25 years old and has a small goatee. a san fransisco doctor is facing up to 20 years in prison for his alleged role in a homeless drug ring. dr. collin leon pleaded not guilty last week to charges of drug dealing and conspiracy. police say in exchange for cash, dr. leon was issuing prescriptions to homeless people for oxycodone and hydrocodone. he's now -- he's also facing a $1 million fine if he's convicted. there are new questions about the value of multivitamins. using multivitamins and supplements to prevent chronic conditions is a waste of money according to the annal the of internal medicine. three studies found little or no benefits in preventing heart heart attacks, cancer or even improving mental function. other doctors say supplements help americans get the vitamins and minerals they don't get in their regular diet. the government is also asking
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questions about the risk posed by antibacterial soaps and body washes. the fda asking manufacturers to prove their products are safe and more effective than plain soap and water. studies have shown that some ingredients may contribute to a decline in the effectiveness of antibiotics. the companies have until the end of next year to turn over the results of their own study. 5:26. a national park service joining the debate over a proposed development at san fransisco's chrissy field. there are three proposals including an art museum to house a collection of star wars creator george lucas. the park service said no decision should be made for several years the park service said other projects going on in the presid owe, they have to settle in before any decision was made. the trust was hoping to decide this by february. a heartbreaking diagnosis for a 19-year-old woman who was
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hit by a stray bullet in her oem hone. >> home. >> i just imagine the things she'll never do. >> the devastating news from the doctor and how the woman's family says she's doing despite that diagnosis. >> we're live in redwood city where a fire is burning at a recycling plant. we'll tell you about the progress that firefighters are making and tell you about the effect that it's having on people who live and work near it. >> good morning. right now we are looking at some slow traffic already. here on 280 it looks good but there are spots where we already have stop-and-go traffic. >> another hazy day out there on the forecast, but will it continue to be warm or are we expecting any record highs and can we find any rain. ♪ yeah her gift
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♪ i love it! ♪ i'm ninja kicking through the halls. ♪ ♪ i love it! ♪ mom's posting pictures on your wall. ♪ ♪ that's my kind of holiday. time now 5:30. good morning to you, welcome back to ktvu channel 2 morning news. this is a live picture. we're looking down the street at a smoky fire. it's burke at a met -- burning at a metal recycling plant right there in redwood city. you can see the smoke right there and obviously there are flames there. janine de la vega is there as well. she'll tell you more about the effect this is having on employees. stay tuned for that. welcome to tuesday, december 17th. i'm dave clark. >> good morning. i'm pam cook. time now is 5:30. let's check in with steve paulson. sounds like it's going to stay warm for a while. >> probably the rest of the year. >> wow.
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>> well, dry. i shouldn't say warm because it will cool down wednesday, thursday. today a lot more high clouds. there's a little component of an easterly breeze. 30s, 40s, and 50s on the lows. 50s, 60s by noon. partly cloudy, hazy skies, 60s and 70s. upper 30s for many. we're not into those 20s or low 30s. it's mainly 40s and 50s around the bay, even 51 in san fransisco. a lot of high clouds streaming up around this little low off the coast. that's going to funnel in some partly cloudies today. then a good cool down starts tomorrow and a bigger one on thursday. we'll rebound by the weekend. partly cloudy today, a lot of high clouds up there, hazy skies, very mild, maybe warm for some. a lot of 60s to near 70 degrees. we are looking at a good start to this tuesday commute. the traffic continues to look good on 280 northbound getting up to the 880 interchange. no major problems. i want to show you 580. that's the one spot we're getting slow traffic, not in livermore but right near 205.
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going to see slow traffic there, stop-and-go traffic as a matter of fact as you drive through. please give yourself extra time. it actually starts on 205 for a lot of people coming in over the altamonte pass. let's take a look at a live picture of the bay bridge, which is light. 5:31. let's go back to the desk. we begin this developing news from the peninsula, firefighters in redwood city are still putting out hot spots from a smoky fire at a metal recycling plant, and this is the second fire at this plant in just the past month. ktvu's janine de la vega joins us now from the fire scene to tell us what the situation is like right now. >> reporter: pam, police have the road blocked off here at seaport boulevard and bloomquist. they want to keep people away from this fire that you can see burning in the distance at the recycling plant. you can see, you know, there's still a gray plume of smoke, again because it is still burning. it's been burning for a while because it is a lot of metal
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that's there. firefighters say that people who live on the marina heard an explosion and called after seeing a fire in the distance at 1 a.m. when firefighters arrived at the simms metal recycling plant on seaport boulevard, they saw a huge pile of medical tall -- metal appliances burning, it's 7 feet weed, 100 feet in length and 30 feet high. firefighters are needing to use excavators to break apart all the metal and then extinguish the blaze. they are telling me that it's contained. but it's still burning. people who work nearby are being held back for safety reasons. >> we've been informed to wait it out and wait until they open the road up so we can hopefully get into work today. >> worried at all about the air, you know? >> yeah, we're real worried about it, because i mean it's burning metal. that's putting a lot of dirty stuff into the air. >> reporter: a shelter in place has not been issued, but
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firefighters know it is a spare the air day today. they've notified the office of emergency services and right now they're sort of assessing the situation. you know, a fire happened here last month. that one involved a bunch of crushed cars, so, again, a lot of metal and a shelter in place at that time was issued. so things might change out here as you heard from the worker, there is some concern from people here with what it's going to do if it's going to cause any respiratory problems. so far we don't know the cause. it's still too early since the fire broke out at 1, but we are going to stay on top of this and bring you the latest for the morning news. reporting live from redwood city, janine de la vega ktvu channel 2 news. more details on the plant where this fire is burning. there have been four other fires at this same plant in the last six years. the most recent happened just a month ago. that fire on november 10th november 10th raged for nearly 17 hours, and it prompted a shelter in place order in three counties due to the heavy smoke coming from the recycling plant. that plant has also been fined,
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once from the 2007 fire because of the dangerous smoke and another time the company was ordered by the epa to stop releasing toxic pollutants into the bay. it is a devastating diagnosis for a 19-year-old woman in richmond who was hit by a stray bullet over the weekend. the family of dominique romero says she is paralyzed from the waist down. romero was just sitting on her couch inside her home on waller avenue saturday night when someone fired multiple shots in the street. one of the bullets went through the wall of the house and hit romero. >> my heart is broken. i can't imagine what my baby's going through. she's 19, graduated from high school last year. >> her family says despite the diagnosis romero is still in good spirits. police say they're still searching for the shooter and a motive. time now 5:35. the national rifle association is suing trying to block the new gun control ordinance in
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sunnyvale. the ordinance bans possession of ammunition magazines that hold more than ten rounds. the lawsuit is arguing that ten rounds or more is standard for many pistols and rifles sold in the united states. the lawsuit also claims it's unconstitutional for the city of sunnyvale to limit the number of rounds that law- abiding residents have to protect themselves. in colorado family members asking for prayers for a 17- year-old girl still in a coma after being shot in the head at school. claire davis remains in critical condition five days after the shooting at arapahoe high school in centennial colorado. students there have collected almost $10,000 in toe donations to try to help the family. >> in the last couple of days we've had some events around arapahoe and the community and we've collected close to $10,000 and we're just collecting whatever we can to help the family out and help them through this and heal ourselves through this. >> investigators say claire
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just happened to be in the hallway when the shooter karl pierson walked into the school with a shotgun and three molotov cocktails. they say pierson asked for the librarian and the debate coach tracy murphy, then started shooting ran deputily when he -- randomly had he couldn't find him. the vallejo city council has agreed to impose salary and benefits cuts on the city's police force. supporters say the cuts will save the financially troubled city millions of dollars every year, but opponents say vallejo police are dealing with a spike in crime and should not have to face a pay cut. one recently retired police officer says he recently suffered a heart attack due to the stress on the job. >> without the benefits and that i'm going to have to go and stand in one of the street mediums and start to beg for money. i think that's the only way that i'll have the money in order to have the medical benefits that i currently have. >> we want the largest number of police on the streets that
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we can, and in order to have that we have to have affordable contracts. >> more than 230 people crowded into the council came we we ares before -- chambers before last night's vote. about 40 speakers everyonely divide on the issue spoke out on the controversial pay and benefit cut. . happening today president obama will meet with more than a dozen silicon valley ceos at the white house. the president wants to get the high-tech leaders input on fixing the healthcare.gov web site along with finding out ways to grow the economy and create new jobs. the group includes apple ceo tim cook, yahoo''s marissa meyer and googles eric schmidt. the nsa surveillance program will probably be a topic of discussion as well. many of the high-tech companies have been complaining about the extent of the government surveillance. just yesterday a federal judge ruled the national security agency's collection of americans' phone records is
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likely unconstitutional. in his 68 page ruling the judge said the nsa's "indiscriminate and arbitrary collection of personal information infringes on the right to privacy guaranteed by the fourth amendment." the people we spoke to in the bay area say they're uncomfortable with the government keeping track of their phone calls. >> for what? you know, i don't understand for what. what would you need to look into my call log for, you know, so i don't think that that's. >> we're not guilty until proven innocent so i don't feel like someone should be looking into my phone logs, my phone records. >> the federal judge put a stay on his ruling. he's allowing the government time to appeal. a newspaper in brazil says it has obtained a letter from former nsa contractor edward snowden asking for political asylum and offering to help brazil investigate u.s. spying on its soil. in the letter published on the newspaper's web site snowden said he could legally offer assistance only if he's granted
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asylum. snowden right now is living in russia. that's where he was granted temporary asylum for a year. lottery fever heating up as people across the bay area rush to get their megamillion dollar jackpot tickets. tonight's jackpot is estimated at $586 million. however, it could top 600 million depending on ticket sales. there has not been a winner in 21 drawings and people right here in the bay area are hoping to trike it big. >> -- strike it big. >> it only takes one dollar to get in the game and you only need one ticket to win, the one with the right six numbers. >> if no one wins this week, it is possible that the jackpot could reach the $1 billion mark for the drawing on christmas eve. now meantime, many lottery tickets worth thousands of dollars go unclaimed every year. the lottery says only about 2% of the total prize money awarded in lotteries is paid to people who pay. many people think if they didn't win the big prize they probably didn't win anything at
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all. one of the largest unclaimed prizes is a ticket in tampa that's worth $10 million. it expired in november. >> wow. all right. time is 5:40. still ahead, it's been five years now since a woman was found murdered behind the san rafael bar. how her family is honoring her memory and what the police are now saying about this case. and denying the college football national championship game, the reason the officials say the new 49ers stadium in santa clara came up just shy. >> right now we have traffic that's doing pretty well in most commutes. as you're looking at 101 in san fransisco it looks good here, but just down the road there is a problem blocking lanes. i'll tell you more about that. >> some record highs yesterday in case you missed it. santa cruz, 74 degrees. we else if that trend continue -- we'll see if that trend continues today and can we find any rain. my goodness, the hazy conditions, will they continue or will we see a little
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time now 5:43. five years after the murder of a marin county murder, her family hoping somebody's going to come forward with information on finding her killer the last night the family of ashley yamauchi gathered in downtown san rafael to remember her. her body was found december 16 december 16th, 2008 in the parking lot behind the 4th street tavern in san rafael. police say she'd been raped and strangled. no arrests were ever made. ashley was last seen the night before leaving that tavern with a man. >> i have to believe that it's somebody that made her feel comfortable enough or somebody that she had trusted enough with to be around for a little bit of time. >> she left behind a young
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daughter who's now 13 years old. investigators say they've talked with at least 100 people but still have no leads. there is a $50,000 reward offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction. a san fransisco woman scheduled to be arraigned on thursday after being charged with several felonies in a crash that killed a 16-year-old boy. prosecutors say jennie zhu was driving more than 70 miles an hour when she rear-ended a minivan on pine street last september. the crash killed kevin san. he was a junior at lincoln high school and seriously injured his mother and sister. san's mother is still recovering from a traumatic brain injury and has memory loss. >> i hope that she will get whatever she deserve and you know, according to the law. >> san's father says he plans to be in court on thursday when she's arraigned. she's facing up to 7 years and four months in jail if
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convicted. secretary of state john kerry is in the fill peeps philippines to show u.s. support following the typhoon. tomorrow he will visit tacloban the area hardest hit hit by the typhoon. the u.s. was a major contributor of relief after the disaster. more than 6,000 people were killed in that typhoon, at least 4 million lost their homes. later today the u.s. senate will hold a test vote on a bipartisan budget bill. democrats believe that they have the 60 votes necessary to move the bill forward. if passed by a wide margin in the house last week, but senate republicans have been less enthusiastic. it appears enough republicans will support the legislation for it to pass and avoid another government shutdown. a shortage of hotel rooms reportedly is one reason levi stadium will not be able to host the college football national championship game in 2017. the 49ers and the city of santa clara wanted the game to come
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to their new stadium. levi stadium was among six bidders for the big game. it was announced yesterday the game would go to tampa's raymond james stadium. organizers passed on santa clara because other cities had more hotel rooms closer to the stadium. today we're going to get a special look at candlestick park as the 49ers approach their final game ever at the historic stadium. the stadium operators will be giving a tour of the park this morning. the 49ers will be playing the atlanta falcons monday night for what will be their last regular season game ever at candlestick. candlestick is expected to be demolished sometime early next career. 5:47 is the time. a lot of memories there. sal i'm sure you have a lot of memories there at candlestick. >> too many. we have hundreds of pictures of our family at candlestick. >> i bet. did you share some of those on
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facebook or twitter? you should. >> that's a very good idea. let's go out and take a look. you can follow me on facebook and you also can follow me on twitter as you can with most of our people here on the air. let's go out and take a look at some of the commutes here, westbound 80 traffic looks good. no major problems. we are definitely beginning to see an uptick in the volume of drivers who are on the road. cars on the road, vehicles on the road i should say. that's the more correct way to say it. let's go out and take a look. bay bridge is a little bit of a backup building in some of the outside lanes. still about a 2 or 3 minute delay. san fransisco, a little bit of late road work along northbound 101 causing slow traffic north of 280. 5:48. let's go to steve. thank you. before we get to our weather we'll take a look at depressing rain stats for san fransisco. you can include everybody almost in this. since january 1st, we're talking the calendar year, a
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whopping total of 5.9-inches of rain has fallen. that's it. from january all the way to december 17th and everything says there will be no more rain through the end of this year. the driest year ever was 1917 when 9 inches of rain fell. weather records go back 164 years so everything says this will be a record dry year, which is awful, awful, awful. temperatures, you know, even if we had a normal january, february, march, it would just get us back to even when we're so far below. it's sad. 70 today, 66 in oakland, that tied a record high yesterday, 67 we'll bump santa cruz up 1. they tied a record high. a lot of high clouds streaming over us today. partly cloudy, usually i would be opt optimistic and say partly sunny but it's still cold, 30s are cold. 19 in reno and tahoe. 30 ukiah, 38 sacramento, 48
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monterey. they'll probably be near 70. a little low off the coast, high pressure inland. it doesn't like that low so it fills with a little hint of an offshore breeze. it will still be a little breezy in some of the higher elevations. hazy skies, widespread 60s, some 70s. after today a cooling trend starting wednesday and temperatures will drop 10, 15 degrees by thursday. a lot of high clouds, hazy, mild, afternoon temps, 60s and some 70s. even up towards clear lake we're going in at 70 degrees. napa, 68 novato. canfield, san rafael, not as warm, fairfield, oakley, oakland 68. berkeley 67. hayward 67. 70 morgan hill. gilroy, 75 in santa cruz, 70 in cupertino and we'll go 68 half- moon bay after yesterday. 72 which would be warmer than palo alto. a little easterly breeze and that helps. cooler breezy on wednesday, colder on wednesday on thursday, on friday cold lows
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will be back but afternoon temps will continue it warm up into the weekend. amazon may be making a large purchase in the near future. they're working on a deal to buy the san fransisco based startup company go pay go according to the wall street journal. that could put amazon in more direct competition with paypal. used by business owners to process credit card payments and allows customers to place orders in advance and pick up later so that users can avoid big long lines. there are eight shopping days until christmas. dave clark. 44% of americans say they're not done buying gifts. the retail analyst says that's down from where shoppers normally are. he blames bad weather. that's backed up by online retailers reporting sales have continued to hold steady. all companies expect sales to pick up this weekend. general motor's ceo says
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the government bailout may have cost taxpayers $10 billion but does not think his company should repay the federal government for its losses. he says the government took the same risks as any other investor who buys stock. the government saved billions of dollars in tax revenue. he also is leaving the company next month. time now 5:51. a building suddenly collapses in san fransisco. new details coming in about who owned that building and the prominent position he holds in the city. >> plus, stuck and freezing on a train to nowhere. how a canadian passengers were trapped on a cripple train for hours. [ male announcer ] some things are simply better at home.
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welcome back to the ktvu channel 2 news. nearly 300 passengers stranded on a train had to huddle for warmth in canada. that's because the train lost power. two of the three generators on the train failed, and when crews tried to fix them they broke the third. temperatures reached negative 30 degrees for six hours. passengers are thousand demanding answers -- are now demanding answers to why help didn't come sooner. >> it was a huge matter. >> people were complaining. they wanted answers. they wanted to know what's happening. >> passengers were eventually
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picked up by school buss and taken to a nearby high school. red cross volunteers helped to provide some hot food and blankets. time now 5:55. a huge winter storm back east could affect any travel plans you have today. this morning that storm is moving into new york city after slamming pennsylvania and several other states. snow and ice has forced the cancellations of dozens of flights up and down the east coast. travelers flying in or out of bay area airports you're advised call your airline first before you head off to the airport this morning. this morning terminal a is back open at san jose's mineta international airport a day after it was flooded by a water main break. crews worked through the night to dry out carpets and at the time test the or thing systems. half the security check point lanes are going to be open this morning but officials say they don't expect that to cause big delays. that wasn't the case yesterday when standing water forced
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airlines to cancel one flight and delayed several others. if you will be traveling over the holidays expect a lot of people out there with you. holiday travel expected to hit a record this year for the fifth year in a row. aaa predicts more than 94 million people will travel 50 miles or more between saturday and the first of the year. one reason may be that christmas falls on a wednesday this year, makes it easier for a lot of people to take a long weekend. five bay area counties could be in line to get more than a billion dollars from a judges' decision on lead based paints. the counties would receive 22 and $99 million each. the money would be use today clean up the paint with toxic lead in it. lead paint was banned in 1978 but it's still in older homes. it's been linked to learning and behavior disorders in children. the judge says the paint companies knew the paint was harmful to children and those companies are expected to
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appeal the decision. our time now 5:57. we're still following developing news coming in from redwood city. there's a big fire burning at a metal recycling plant. we'll tell you the concerns about air quality. a. >> a critical test today, a matter of life and death for a young oakland girl, what's planned for the girl who was declared brain dead following surgery to have her tonsils taken out. >> also battling a wind driven brush fire in big sur, how much damage has it caused and when do firefighters think they'll have this under control. >> good morning right now just looking at a brand new crash that just started or just was reported westbound 80 at san pablo avenue trying to make map. we'll have an update coming up. >> we're talking about a wildfire in big sur in december. that's how dry it is. there are record highs from la to santa cruz yesterday. we'll see if this trend continues and if we can find much needed rain.
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good morning a huge fire at a scrap metal plant on the peninsula early this morning. a second fire at this place in just

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